Sunday, June 30, 2013

Stash Report & Bloglovin'

Used since last report:       0.00 yards
Used year to Date:            43.00 yards
Added since last report:     5.50 yards
Added Year to Date:         26.17 yards
Net Used for 2013:            16.83 yards

This is the last day of Google Reader. If you would like to keep following, please switch over to Bloglovin'.  It is always the pits when something changes, but what can we say -------  So, anyway, I sure hope you keep following along.

I did do some enhancing of the stash. They were just too good to resist. The scrap bins at the quilt shop had some lovely Kaffe fabrics, both pattern and shot cottons. There were also a couple of nice "mark making" textured fabrics. At $5 for the scrap bag, I thought they would be a wonderful addition to the rest of my Kaffe Fassett fabrics. *** Grin -- I could have gotten more in the baggy and still close it, but I resisted. Good girl!!!

I could not resist this 10 FQ bundle that was on sale either. They will be such a nice addition to my stash.

I am always short of patterned background fabrics for my scrap quilts, since I usually tend to buy tone-on-tones. These were on sale and so into the scrap bins they will go to be cut up into strips.

These were fabrics that I have had my eye on for a while. Finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase them. They weren't even on sale. The stripe will work as a coordinate to a quilt that I am making for our bedroom. ** Good justification - Yes???  I just love the movement and texture of the other piece. NO -- I do not know what I am going to use it for!!! LOL

Last Sunday, I taught an introductory class to needleturn applique'. It was such a fun class and the ladies were real sweet hearts to teach. It is always so wonderful to get people started at something they have wanted to learn. After three years of no teaching, it is so wonderful to again share some of the knowledge that I have learned through the years.

It has been a busy couple of weeks in the sewing room. For the August "Leftovers" class, I am piecing a Bonnie Hunter quilt from her Leaders & Enders book called, "Hopscotch, Butterscotch."  It is a fast and fun quilt and a great one for using all the four-patch blocks made using 2" squares as Leaders & Enders. 

There has been a lot of discussion lately about all the stash that people have when they pass away and how families have to dispose of it all. Anyway, the discussion has prompted me to take a look at all of the "stuff" that I have and do something about it. I have started emptying out  a walk-in closet that holds all the overflow from the sewing room. There is a nice size pile of fabric and stuff for the Salvation Army. I also gave one of my friends several pieces  that can be made into "Cancer Bags" for our local cancer center. I still have a lot of garment fabric and I do not sew garments anymore, so after all the aging (called old!!), it is time to go.

These blocks are from a UFO started when I first retired from a regular full-time job in 2001. They are part of a Garden Twist quilt. I finished up all of the color wash blocks (42 large blocks and 30 small blocks) this last week. The two values of blue that will surround the blocks are all cut and ready to go. This UFO has now been brought up on the list to be finished but will have to be set aside due to other projects that need to be finished first.

There are so many other UFO's in the closet to have decisions made on them. How did it get to be so much "STUFF"????.  Grin -------

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Stash Report

Used since last report:       5.00 yards
Used year to Date:            43.00 yards
Added since last report:     1.67 yards
Added Year to Date:         20.67 yards
Net Used for 2013:            22.33 yards

It has been a while since I reported anything. The month of June just seems to have gotten away from me. Last weekend, DH and I went to Fargo to visit with my daughter and family. Saturday was a beautiful day and we were able to sit outside and enjoy a fire pit. There have been so few days that were not rainy and dreary.

On Thursday, June 13, my friend Maureen and I drove to Duluth to see the Minnesota Quilt Show. It was a great show and we did not spend a lot of money. Superior Threads is always on my list because I needed to buy threads for machine quilting. I did buy fabric and the lights to make a lighted Christmas Wall Hanging. It is such an easy small project I should be able to get it done before this next Christmas!!! 

One of the other things I bought were rotary cutting templates and instructions by Marti Michell to do pineapple blocks using my 1 1/2" strips. It will be interesting to see how they work. That way I will not have to print foundation blocks to paper piece on.

I finished a Strip Twist flimsie for "Leftovers --- NO MORE" class which will be the first scrap club class. Had hoped to get it quilted but you know how that can go.  The class for "Basics of Leftovers" went well. I had a lot of fun putting together a slide show of sewing areas and scrap bins that were a complete disaster and then how they could look after some organization was done. Cutting and organizing scrap ideas presented were some of my own that I have practiced for years, some from Bonnie Hunter, and ideas collected from some of the modern quilting groups. The students had time to start cutting scraps they had a long. The ladies seemed to enjoy the class and were seeing things from a new perspective.

This is the second Strip Twist ( I have done. It is just such a wonderful stash busting quilt and so fast to make. The fabrics were a very eclectic assortment. Some were from the early 1980's to current. They all just seem to work in a scrap quilt. See to view the Strip Twist I made for my grandson's graduation.

 Hope everyone has a great day!!

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